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1970

Tomasz Wolski
Polen 2021
70min
OmeU
V'21

Im Dezember 1970 sah sich die kommunistische Parteidiktatur in Polen mit einem Aufstand verzweifelter Arbeiter konfrontiert; die Lebensmittelversorgung war ohnehin schon katastrophal, nun stiegen auch noch die Preise. Aus jenen Tagen wachsender Unruhe, die in Gewalt endeten, sind Tonbandaufnahmen überliefert, darauf Vertreter der Partei das Vorgehen beraten. Diese Dokumente dienen Wolski als Grundlage: Die Politiker lässt er als Puppen auftreten und stellt den Stimmen aus dem Off die Bilder von der Straße gegenüber. Das Künstliche und das Wirkliche kollidieren; das Volk, der Macht der Apparatschiks ausgesetzt, versucht sich dennoch zu formieren. (Bert Rebhandl)

This original film is structured around audio recordings of telephone calls in which Polish government officials communicated with each other during a tense political situation from 1970. The trigger of the conflict that made people take to the streets was an increase in the price of meat in the midst of an already economically difficult situation. Politicians had no better idea than to simply send the police to break up the demonstrations. Wolski obtained the audio recordings of these conversations between those officials and used stop-motion animation to make them come alive, turning each of these political figures into cartoonish versions of themselves.
Although the number of characters at times may disorient the viewer, Wolski creates an unavoidable tension with regards to a demonstration that will spread to several cities through the country. Wolski adds crude newsreel images to the animation scenes in gloomy government halls that give a clearer and more direct account of the concrete consequences of these conversations. The film perfectly captures the distance between these plastic creatures who give orders and the real people who suffer them. (Diego Lerer)

Tomasz Wolski: SILENCE (2003, K), IF I WERE A FISH (2004, K), KLINIKA (2006, K), GOLDFISH (2008), DOCTORS (2011), PALACE (2012), CÓRKA (2015, K), FESTIWAL (2017, Co-Director), A PROBLEM (2020, K), AN ORDINARY COUNTRY (2020)

Credits
  • Tomasz Wolski
  • Marcin Lenarczyk
  • Tomasz Wolski
  • Bartlomiej Tycinski
  • DJ Lenar
  • Krakow Animation Center – Robert Sowa
  • Aneta Zagórska
Kijora Film, Institute of National Remembrance

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DCP
Farbe/SW
Mo. 25 Okt
13:00
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
OmeU
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